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Drunken Angel ( Yoidore tenshi ) (1959) Movie Information

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Crime, Drama





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Akira Kurosawa


Takashi Shimura
Toshirô Mifune
Reisaburo Yamamoto
Michiyo Kogure
Chieko Nakakita
Noriko Sengoku





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The film focuses on an unlikely relationship of an alcoholic doctor (Takashi Shimura) treats a hood named Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune).

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07/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Drunken Angel review

"Times sure have changed around here." A very frank doctor with integrity, Dr. Hanada (Takashi Shimura) treats a hood named Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune). Great screenplay as expected from the legendary director. "We all have fears. We're human." "Human sacrifice has gone out of style." "Everything is so screwed up." - Doctor "Love made everything clear." - Nurse Miyo, "Your not young anymore. Go easy." "Old Men are so repetitive." - Matsunaga.

Since it's one of the earlier films from Kurosawa it still lacks that certain spark to make it great, but wonderful enough to be drama despite the lack of criminal action sequences. Mifune shines in his role (as reaiterated by Kurosawa in the supplements, really praised his performance) and Shimura does a splendid job with the straightfor...

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04/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Drunken Angel" by Yojimbo

Drunken Angel was the first film Kurosawa was allowed to make without studio interference, and features an alcoholic doctor who forms an unlikely bond with a gangster who he diagnoses with tuberculosis. This film is all about the characters; Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune were regular collaborators with Kurosawa and for good reason. Their performances were a little more melodramatic than in their later works, but they still have great chemistry and charisma as the two similarly stubborn men butt heads almost to comic effect in places. I found the visual metaphor a little heavy handed and it lacks some of the emotional involvement of Kurosawa's best, so it doesn't seem as sophisticated as his finest films. It still has style in spades, and it's great for every moment Shimura and Mifune...

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